[ noun ] mental responsiveness and awareness
Used in print(John F. Hayward, "Mimesis and Symbol in the Arts"...)
The images themselves , like their counterparts in experience , are not neutral qualities to be surveyed dispassionately ; they are fields_of_force exerting a unique influence on the sensibilities and a unique relatedness to one_another .
When words can be used in a more fresh and primitive way so that they strike with the force of sights and sounds , when tones of sound and colors of paint and the carven shape all strike the sensibilities with an undeniable force of data in and of themselves , compelling the observer into an attitude of attention , all this imitates the way experience itself in its deepest character strikes upon the door of consciousness and clamors for entrance .(Robert E. Lane, The Liberties of Wit: Humanism, Critici...)
One of the most frequent views of the value of literature is the education of sensibility that it is thought to provide .
Sensibility is a vague word , covering an area of meaning rather than any precise talent , quality , or skill .
[ noun ] refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions
"cruelty offended his sensibility"
Used in print(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)
`` All_too frequently '' , points_out James_O'_Gara , managing_editor of Commonweal , `` Catholics run_roughshod over Protestant sensibilities in this matter , by failure to consider the reasoning behind the Protestant position and , particularly , by their jibes at the fact that Protestant opinion on birth_control has changed in recent decades '' .(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)
Men of more delicate sensibilities referred to this condition as `` looseness_of_the_bowels '' ; but a much more common designation was `` the_sh-ts '' .